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redshank

[red-shangk] /ˈrɛdˌʃæŋk/
noun
1.
an Old World sandpiper, Tringa totanus, having red legs and feet.
Origin of redshank
1515-1525
First recorded in 1515-25; red1 + shank
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  • Now let us leave the beach and look for the redshank on the mud-flats.

    On the Seashore

    R. Cadwallader Smith
  • It had the soft quality, soft yet piercing, of a redshank's, but it shuddered like an owl's.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • redshank, curlew, and dunlin—cousins of the snipe and woodcock—are all accomplished performers in the art of wooing on the wing.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • His cousin, the redshank, a much larger bird, has already been described here in regard to his spring love-making.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • Many birds would starve there, but the redshank is quite happy, as Nature has fitted him for his life in such a place.

    On the Seashore

    R. Cadwallader Smith
  • No sooner does the redshank spy you than he is up and, with a shrill whistle of alarm, flies quickly away.

    On the Seashore

    R. Cadwallader Smith
  • Kearton somewhere relates how he once induced a blackbird to sit on the eggs of a thrush, and a lapwing on those of a redshank.

    Birds in the Calendar Frederick G. Aflalo
  • The redshank is a bird of frequent occurrence on all such parts of the coast as are suited to its habits.

  • The food of the redshank consists of worms, marine insects, and any other animal matter which abounds on the sea-shore.

  • It is far less common than the redshank, but seems to resemble it in many of its habits.

British Dictionary definitions for redshank

redshank

/ˈrɛdˌʃæŋk/
noun
1.
either of two large common European sandpipers, Tringa totanus or T. erythropus (spotted redshank), having red legs
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